To meet the needs of both employers and employees within the optics industry, the College of Optical Sciences offers an innovative academic program that can be completed entirely by distance learning, entirely on campus or in any combination of the two.
The Professional Graduate Certificate in Optical Sciences is designed for working professionals with bachelor’s, master's or doctoral degrees who would like to supplement their practical knowledge with formal coursework. The program’s rich variety of classes allows students the opportunity to explore the broad fundamentals of optical sciences or to choose courses of particular relevance to their immediate needs.
Students’ goals, options and commitments may change over time, so the college allows students interested in the M.S. in Optical Sciences or Ph.D. in Optical Sciences to apply their 15 units from the Graduate Certificate program toward the requirements of the higher degree.
The mission of the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences is to provide the state of Arizona and the nation with an internationally pre-eminent program in education, research and outreach in all aspects of the science and application of light.
The College of Optical Sciences, formerly known as the Optical Sciences Center, was established in Tucson, Arizona, in 1964 to fulfill a national need for more highly trained engineers and physicists in the optical sciences. Throughout its 50-year history, OSC has stood on the forefront of the field; today, it educates more students in optics than any institution in the U.S.
Read more about the work we do here in Dean Thomas L. Koch's welcome message.
A 3.0 GPA is required for admissions to University of Arizona graduate programs. A TOEFL score is required for international students. Certificate applicants should have an academic or work background in optics, physics, or engineering.
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7
Please note that no funding is available for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Optical Sciences. Graduate Certificate students are not eligible for teaching or research assistantships.
Students interested in loans or other financial aid should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid: http://financialaid.arizona.edu/
Graduate Certificate students at the College of Optical Sciences must complete five three-unit graduate courses with a grade of B or better, for a total of 15 units of OSC graduate credit. The Graduate Certificate program requires continuous enrollment in at least three units, and international students completing the Graduate Certificate on campus must enroll in nine units, per residency requirements.